Allen, J. P., Schad, M. M., Oudekerk, B., & Chango, J. (2014, June 11). What Ever Happened to the “Cool” Kids? Long‐Term Sequelae of Early Adolescent Pseudomature Behavior. Retrieved April 02, 2018 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/cdev.1225

“Cool” kids meet a sticky end A longitudinal study published in Child Development has shown that trying to grow up too soon is a good predictor of long-term difficulties. When pseudomature behavior (such as minor delinquency or precocious romantic involvement) occurs early in adolescence it can reflect an overemphasis on wanting to impress peers, and predict long-term adjustment problems. In the study, 184 adolescents in the south-eastern United States were followed from ages 13 to 23. At age 13, pseudomature behavior was linked to an increased desire for peer popularity and led to short-term success with peers.Adolescents who engaged most in pseudomature behavior were also those who valued being popular most highly.

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